Jay Austin has been at ELI since 1992. He edits the Environmental Law Reporter and directs the Institute’s Program on the Constitution, Courts, and Legislation, an initiative focusing on the intersection of U.S. constitutional and environmental law and recent trends in the federal courts. In the latter role, he produces scholarly research and commentary on environmental litigation; key areas of constitutional law, including the Commerce Clause, Fifth Amendment takings, and Article III standing; and on proposals to amend major federal laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act.
Austin also helps direct ELI's Ocean Program, and has extensive experience with the Institute's international programs. Based in Portland, Oregon, he maintains specialties in water pollution law, coastal and ocean law, constitutional law, environmental impact assessment, and procedures for public participation in environmental decisionmaking.